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Stranger By The Lake! The Last of the Unjust! Black Out!
 
Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Happy Thursday Music Boxers,

In the erotic thriller Stranger By The Lake, two men become become the primary suspects in a mysterious death. They choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship, testing the lengths and limits of sexual desire. The Wrap calls it, “The kind of taut, low-key thriller that Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock would very much admire”.

The Last Of The Unjust, documentarian Claude Lanzmann’s follow-up to the essential Shoah, revisits a 1975 interview with Benjamin Murmelstein, the Viennese rabbi who worked with Adolf Eichmann to arrange for the emigration of 120,000 Jews, an ethically thorny collaboration which saved many lives – and landed Murmelstein in prison. This riveting exploration of contested history is currently rated 100% Fresh! on RottenTomatoes.

Black Out, the newest release from Music Box Films, is an audacious crime thriller laced with colorful lowlifes, tough femme fatales, corrupt cops, and outbursts of extreme violence. Helmed by Dutch director Arne Toonen, Black Out is a film full of brash style, visual panache and edge-of-your-seat excitement.

Our classic matinee this weekend is Unfaithfully Yours, Preston Sturges’ uproarious parody of film noir. Rex Harrison stars as a jealous orchestra conductor envisioning plots to murder his supposedly unfaithful wife, but of course, nothing goes according to plan!

Also, get ready for the Academy Awards with our matinee screenings of Best Foreign Language Film nominee The Great Beauty and Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts: Program B.

Our midnights this week include cult classics and Music Box staples The Room (Purchase advance tickets) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Purchase advance tickets).

See you at the movies

Thursday, February 20th – Wednesday, February 26th, 2014


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This Week’s Sponsor:

DaBlon Vineyards & Toast Hotel Group

Wine country is closer than you think. Check this special offer to spend the night in one of SW Michigan’s finest hotels and enjoy complimentary tastings of Dablon, Music Box and Moraine wines.

The Grape Escape from $159 per night

Enjoy:

  • Wine tasting at Dablon Vineyards
  • Wine trail provisions
  • Joe Coffee Market breakfast bucks ($20 value)
  • S’mores at our waterfront fire pit
  • Blankets and chairs available for your trip to the winery, orchard or beach
 
 

Stranger by the Lake

A film by Alain Guiraudie starring Pierre Deladonchamps, Christophe Paou, Patrick d'Assumcao

 

Frank spends his summer days hopelessly searching for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France.


“There are very real, very potent emotions underlying every action, be it an explicit sex act, a lingering embrace, or a horrible realization that meting out death does not necessarily preclude love.”
Time Out New York

One day, he meets Michel, an attractive yet darkly mysterious man and falls blindly in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and instead continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship. Stranger by the Lake is an erotic thriller that tests the lengths and limits of sexual desire.

 
 
 

The Last of the Unjust

A film by Claude Lanzmann starring Benjamin Murmelstein, Claude Lanzmann

 


“Demanding and deeply rewarding.”
Variety

In this riveting exploration of contested history, the inexhaustible Holocaust documentarian Claude Lanzmann (Shoah) revisits a 1975 interview with Benjamin Murmelstein, the Viennese rabbi who worked with Adolf Eichmann to arrange for the emigration of 120,000 Jews, an ethically thorny collaboration which saved many lives – and landed Murmelstein in prison.

With Shoah, Director Lanzmann (87 and still going strong) re-oriented our understanding of the defining event of the 20th century. Three decades after that cinematic milestone, he does so once again, from an entirely new personal, historical, and aesthetic perspective.

 
 
 

Black Out

A film by Arne Toonen starring Raymond Thiry, Kim van Kooten, Bas Keijzer

 

Black Out is an audacious crime thriller laced with colorful lowlifes, tough femme fatales, corrupt cops, and outbursts of extreme violence. Helmed by Dutch director Arne Toonen, Black Out is a film full of brash style, visual panache and edge-of-your-seat excitement.


“Great performances, perfect direction and a whip-smart script!”
–Steve Prokopy, Aint It Cool News

“A clever thriller!”
indieWIRE

On the day before his wedding, retired criminal Jos wakes up next to a murdered man with no recollection of what happened the night before. He soon discovers that a group of gangsters has pinned him as the long suspect in the theft of 20 kilos of coke. He’s got to get it back in 24 hours, or the life of his bride will be in serious danger. Now he has no choice but to creep back into his dangerous old world of petty thieves and drug dealers – all before his wedding the next day.

 
 
 

Unfaithfully Yours

A film by Preston Sturges starring Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell

 

As film noir swept over late ’40s Hollywood, Preston Sturges created the full-length first parody of the style with this mordantly hilarious tale of a jealous orchestra conductor (Rex Harrison) envisioning plots to murder his supposedly unfaithful wife (Linda Darnell). When he attempts to put his murderous fantasies into action, nothing works out quite as planned. A brilliantly performed mixture of razor-sharp dialogue and uproarious slapstick, this is a true classic from a grand master of screen comedy.

 
 
 

The Great Beauty

A film by Paolo Sorrentino starring Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli

 


“An outlandishly entertaining hallucination.”
New York Times

“A masterpiece, a grand swooning epic, lush to the point of insanity.”
–Catherine Shoard, The Guardian

Rome, Italy, lush, timeless, opulent, and home to journalist Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo of Il divo and Gomorrah). Since the early success of his one and only novel decades ago, Jep has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles and has thoroughly enjoyed every pleasure Rome has to offer.

But as his sixty-fifth birthday comes and goes, Jep finds himself beginning to take stock of his life; looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to see himself and Rome in a new light. Called “A Technicolor La Dolce Vita for the Berlusconi era,” The Great Beauty is a sensuous epic, a breathtaking feast for the senses and a compelling introspective journey into the life and mind of a man and the eternal city.

 
 
 

2014 Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Docs Program B

 

CaveDigger
Jeffrey Karoff, USA/English, 39 mins

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Edgar Barens, USA/English, 40 mins

CaveDigger
Jeffrey Karoff, USA/English, 39 mins

New Mexico environmental sculptor Ra Paulette carves elaborately designed and painstakingly executed sandstone caves, driven by an artistic vision that often brings him into conflict with his patrons.

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Edgar Barens, USA/English, 40 mins

In a maximum security prison, the terminally ill Jack Hall faces his final days with the assistance of hospice care provided by workers drawn from the prison population.

 

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